William Reid is nothing special, except for his billion-dollar acting career and his, you know, face. (Apparently, it’s a good one.) Winning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ was nice, but this Christmas, he has more important goals in mind… like finally winning over his best friend’s little sister, the super-smart and kinda-scary Abbie Farrell.
When a blizzard leaves Will and Abbie alone at Grandma Farrell’s house (if bunking with 27 pets counts as ‘alone’), it’s the perfect opportunity to pull off a Christmas miracle. Convincing clever, frosty Abbie to give Will a chance will take more than mistletoe, but hiding his lifelong crush on her is no longer an option.
This is a super short novella, so I don’t really have a ton to say.
The romance is a slow burn one, like really slow burn. Maybe too slow for a novella. I didn’t find it very satisfying, I wasn’t yearning for them to get together. I wanted them to get together for it to be over… I like slow burn, it’s one of my favourite tropes, but I feel like I needed more from this story. There wasn’t enough for me to really feel attached.
ALSO, this was nowhere near as Christmassy as I expected. I expected this to feel super festive and cosy and it really just didn’t? It’s snowy and Christmas is approaching during the novella but it didn’t really revolve around it as much as I thought.
This is a very character driven story, the plot is basically non-existent. Not a lot happens, you spend most of the time reading the characters thoughts and anxieties. It takes until 90% of the way in for the characters to do anything. If you’re expecting lots of romance and smut, forget it. I feel like the title implies more romance than there is.
Overall, I think this would’ve worked better as a full novel, there’s so much missing and things that could’ve been fleshed out in the span of a novel.
Character wise – I didn’t really take to Abbie, I found her perspective a little annoying at times. However, I really liked Will! Abbie suffers from anxiety which is really well portrayed but can be a little tedious to read. This also may be triggering to some, so bear that in mind. Will is super sweet guy and such a babe. I really liked his character, he seemed such a sweetheart!
Rating: 2.5 Stars